Amsterdam: In a jolt to China, an arbitration court in The Hague on Tuesday ruled that Beijing has “no historic rights” in the South China Sea.
Earlier in the day, China had vowed to ignore the ruling by the court in a case in which the Philippines is challenging Beijing`s right to exploit resources across the South China Sea.
China had boycotted the hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, saying it does not have jurisdiction over the dispute.
The ruling stands to ramp up tensions in the region, where China`s increased military assertiveness has worried its smaller neighbours and is a point of confrontation with the United States.
China claims most of the energy-rich waters through which about USD 5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.
The United States and China often conduct military exercises in the area and regularly accuse each other of militarising the region.
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